Average Bench: 99.3% (76th of 1442)

Based on 43,966 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000A0671 Model: 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-11600K @ 3.90GHz

The i5-11600K is the best value "top tier" CPU in Intel’s 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S lineup. With a simple overclock it offers almost the same levels of performance as the 11900K. Rocket Lake brings higher IPC (early samples indicate +19%) which translates to around a 10% faster Effective Speed than both Intel's 10th Gen and AMD’s 5000 series. Despite Intel’s performance lead, AMD continues to outsell Intel. Given the scale of Intel's operation, it’s inexplicable that their marketing remains so neglected. Little effort is made to counter widespread disinformation such as: “it uses too much electricity” or the classic: “it needs more cores”. Intel’s marketing samples are routinely distributed to reviewers that appear better incentivized to bury Intel's products rather than review them. Not enabling XMP or only testing with BIOS power limits enabled is akin to leaving the handbrake on during a race. Mind-numbing “scientific” and rendering benchmarks are presented as gospel. Different games, mostly unplayed by real users, are cherry picked for each “review”. When it's convenient, canned game benchmarks are chosen such as Ulletical’s CSGO which runs at nearly double the in-game fps. Credible benchmark data, which necessarily includes replicable video footage from popular games, is the exception rather than the rule. At every release, AMD’s marketers coordinate narratives to ensure another feast of blue blubber. Nonetheless, towards the end of 2021, Intel’s Golden Cove is due to offer an additional 20-30% performance increase. At that time, with a net 30-40% performance lead, Intel will probably regain significant market share despite AMD's class-leading marketing. In the meantime, most PC gamers need look no further than the 11400F. [Mar '21 CPUPro]

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-11600K averaged just 0.6% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-11600K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Speed 162Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed 592Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-11600K is just 17.1%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-11600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Speed 1,165Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 945Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 43,966 samples)
Min Avg Max
78 Memory 88.4 95.4
148 1-Core 162 172
281 2-Core 313 338
102% 188 Pts
Min Avg Max
526 4-Core 592 661
857 8-Core 945 1,034
94.4% 768 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,054 64-Core 1,165 1,256
72.1% 1,165 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.4
1-Core 162
2-Core 322
105% 193 Pts
4-Core 625
8-Core 957
98% 791 Pts
64-Core 1222
76% 1222 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.2
1-Core 163
2-Core 328
105% 194 Pts
4-Core 629
8-Core 972
99% 801 Pts
64-Core 1,231
76% 1,231 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.6
1-Core 161
2-Core 325
104% 193 Pts
4-Core 592
8-Core 953
95% 772 Pts
64-Core 1,210
75% 1,210 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.8
1-Core 161
2-Core 299
100% 183 Pts
4-Core 549
8-Core 921
89% 735 Pts
64-Core 1,181
73% 1,181 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.2
1-Core 154
2-Core 310
97% 182 Pts
4-Core 574
8-Core 978
94% 776 Pts
64-Core 1,202
74% 1,202 Pts
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MSRP ≈ $262 @ launch in Mar '21
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Motherboard: MSI Z590-A PRO (MS-7D09) - $189

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 103% - Outstanding Total price: $793

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 Comments

11th generation Rocket Lake processor...

Added 3 years ago.

Good

2 days ago.

power, support PCIe4 and DDR4 3200


Good

2 years ago.

Somewhat recommended for Windows 11


Good

22 months ago.

Except for the 12th Gen CPUs, this CPU can run all of my games at ULTRA with practically any load, like my load is 20 to 45 percent when gaming and my temperatures are around 50 or 55 degrees celsius. It is quick and can do everything flawlessly.


Excellent

23 months ago.

Really a fast CPU for gaming and all sorts


Good

3 years ago.


Good

2 years ago.

good cpu on budget


Excellent

2 years ago.

The processor is excellent, the best value for money for me in my position. I live in Ukraine and now (04/10/2022) we have a war. Therefore, money is a problem, not to mention the state of affairs in general. But even under such conditions, I highly recommend this processor.


Good

10 months ago.

One of the only Rocket Lake CPUs that aren’t a waste of sand. However this thing is a beast mode gas guzzler of an i5, I’ve seen mines draw 160w at stock.


Excellent

2 years ago.

best budget cpu ever


Excellent

8 months ago.

amazing cpu!


Excellent

3 years ago.

It's just awesome


Excellent

23 months ago.

Great performance for mid tier and limited budget. Easily reaches 5ghz all cores with great stability but needs good cooling with that. In 1440p there is not been any issues


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